By Xiaolu Guo
Language and love collide during this artistic novel of a tender chinese language woman's trip to the West and her makes an attempt to appreciate the language, and the fellow, she adores.Zhuang – or “Z,” to tongue-tied foreigners – has come to London to review English, yet reveals herself adrift, trapped in a cycle of cultural gaffes and grammatical mishaps. Then she meets an Englishman who alterations every little thing, major her right into a global of self-discovery. She quickly realizes that, within the West, “love” doesn't continuously suggest similar to in China, and that you should examine all of the phrases within the English language and nonetheless now not comprehend your lover. and because the novel progresses with gradually bettering grammar and vocabulary, Z's evolving voice makes her quest for comprehension the entire extra poignant. With glowing wit, Xiaolu Guo has created an completely unique novel approximately id and the cultural divide.
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